Arvind Sharma

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Arvind Sharma
Born 13th January 1940
Varanasi, India
Residence Canada
Alma mater Allahabad University (B.A. in History, Economic & Sanskrit, 1958), Syracuse University (M.A. in economics, 1970), Harvard University (M.T. in Theological Studies, 1974; PhD in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, 1978)
Known for The philosophy of religions, human rights, theoretical and methodical study of religion, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu studies, Sanskrit studies, reflections on Women in religion
Awards Millennium World Peace Summit award (2000), Ambassador`s Club award (2006), Vishwa Hindu award (2008)
Scientific career
Fields Religious Studies
Institutions McGill University

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. Sharma's works focus on comparative religion, Hinduism, and the role of women in religion. Some of his more famous works include Our Religions and Women in World Religions. Feminism in World Religions was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book (1999).[1]


Arvind Sharma was born on the 13th of January 1940 in Varanasi, India . Raised in a family that traditionally worked in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he followed the trend his forefathers set before him after earning a BA in History, Economics and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958 and was a member of the IAS workforce for 6 years, between 1962 and 1968. It was also during this period that Arvind Sharma had married, on March 1967.

In 1968, he moved to the United States of America to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Syracuse (1970). While studying there, he became fond of religious studies and resigned from his career in the IAS to focus on religious studies along with an economic accent.

In 1972, he pursued a Master in Theological Studies at the Harvard Divinity School and was very successful both academically and professionally. Following his Master (1974), he also earned a PhD in Sanskrit & Indian Studies (1978) from the same school. During his time in America, he was given his first teaching appointment as a part-time instructor in Economics and Statistics at Northeastern University, in Boston. He taught the course from 1972 to 1976, along with another one in religious traditions between 1974 and 1975.

This year of 1972 also brought him a third important event: the birth of his daughter on the 7th of November.

1975 would not be as good, as he divorced from his then wife. Due to economic and professional reasons, he moved to Australia to pursue his professional career.

In the following year, Arvind Sharma received his first full-time teaching appointment when he was appointed as lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland’s Department of Studies in Religion. He kept the position until 1980, the year on which he was offered another appointment as a lecturer, but at the University of Sydney’s Department of Religious Studies. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1987, the same year he left for Montreal, Canada. During his Australian years, between 1976 and 1987, he has published more than 375 works, with 55 works in 1981 alone.

In 1987, he became an Associate Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies and he saw himself promoted to Full Professor in 1989. Most notably, He was given, in 1994, the Birks chair of Comparative Religion and has not left it since then. He was still working at the Faculty of Religious Studies in 2017, making it his 30th year of service with McGill University.[2][3]

The archives fonds of Arvind Sharma is held at McGill University Archives (MUA)

Arvind Sharma Archived May 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, retrieved 2015-04-10.</ref>


A more complete bibliography, comprised of more than 860 titles, is in the possession of the McGill University Archives (MUA) and can be provided upon request.


  1. ^ Dr. Arvind Sharma, Emory University Hindu Students Council, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  2. ^ Sharma, Arvind. "Avrind Sharma - Biography". Arvind Sharma's personal website. 
  3. ^ Sharma, Arvind. "Curriculum Vitae - Arvind Sharma" (PDF). 

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